Fralinger String Band tonight is holding its 100th anniversary gala at the IATSE ballroom in South Philadelphia. Quite a story of success for this the 2015 String Band Champion. Masquerade is playing. Fabulous band. Congrats Fralinger.
More than 200 people this afternoon crowded the Waterfall Room in South Philadelphia to honor Palma and John Lucas for their decades of service to Mummery. Golden Sunrise Fancy Club today named their clubhouse after the famed Mummers couple.
Rich Porco, head of Murray Comic Club, is among those saying thank you to John and Palma. Palma also was the long time director of the Mummers Museum. John is considered one of the great Fancy suit designers. Together they have been Golden Sunrise. Both are proof of the friendships and family that make Mummery special.
Me in the tux along with the other judges meeting just before the start of tonight’s Dancing with Our Future Stars fundraiser for Independence Mission Schools. More than 200,000 is being raised tonight at the Crystal Tea Room for nearly 5000 kids getting a safe, quality education in Philadelphia. In front of us are score sheets. This is serious fun business.
The 1st annual Mummers Mardi Gras in Manayunk Parade has concluded. Cong. Bob Brady, Councilman Curtis Jones and other dignitaries joined thousands of people along Main Street strut and clap and sing along with the Philadelphia Mummers String Bands. I just heard a young mother say to her little girl, “Wasn’t that parade fun!” That’s what its all about.
Many Mummers will hang around for a few more hours.